On the role of the SCA

Mario Torre neugens.limasoftware at gmail.com
Mon May 9 19:48:30 UTC 2011

Il giorno lun, 09/05/2011 alle 20.33 +0100, Dr Andrew John Hughes ha
> On 9 May 2011 19:22, Mario Torre <neugens.limasoftware at gmail.com> wrote:
> snip...
> > I support this, although I think the terms of the OCA [1] should be made
> > nicer to attract contributions. We have joint Copyright assignment on
> > GNU Classpath too, and this one was never a problem, if a better and
> > clear wording is used, especially resolving the unbalanced symmetry on
> > the deal, I'm sure we will have no more issues to accept it as well.
> >
> Comparing the OCA with the FSF copyright assignment is a bit like
> comparing apples with oranges.  Sure, they are both fruit, but that's
> about where the similarity ends.  The FSF assignment is fully
> reciprocal and assigns rights to a charity in order to aid in any
> potential legal defense of the code.  The OCA gives rights to Oracle,
> a corporation who, by definition, need to make money. It's needed by
> them in order to produce proprietary binaries and retain control, but
> it doesn't provide any benefits to the original author.

Yep, this is what I mean, to make the OCA comparable to the FSF
agreement. At least, it would be probably enough to get the reciprocity
of the deal to consider it with better eyes.


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